The life of the church, in many ways, is a web of ongoing conversations. It begins with the ongoing conversation of worship, as we sing and pray, listen and discern. It’s the audible sound of the calling to “follow me,” which takes place in community, leading us forward as a congregation. The conversation stretches from worship into prayerful conversations for one another and for the world. The discussion about the love of God that takes place in worship, unfolds into a conversation – about the love of neighbor, - practiced within the walls of the church and poured out into God’s world.
These types of conversations then spread, outward in multiple directions like a spider web, becoming the ministry of the church. They bring people together to study, and they send people out to serve. They become the topics of committee meetings, and they guide the local and global work of the church. All the while, these discussions reach back to those first conversations – about the love of God, and about the love of neighbor.
A web is created through these conversations, that foster the connections between us. All that we say and do, forms who we are as a community of faith. It’s why we speak carefully, mindful of others. In our conversations, we don’t whisper, they’re for the community to hear. We don’t shout either, so as to respect everyone. We’re mindful to speak with one another, and to one another, not at one another. And we listen as much as we speak.
The interconnections between us throughout the church, are part of our strength. They hold us together, and they form us as a community of faith. The ongoing conversations of the church remain ongoing. At times, it may feel as if the conversations of the church move in circles; more meetings than doing. That’s why we try and anchor each discussion in those first conversations – about the love of God, and the love of neighbor.
As we talk, we continue to meet in worship, and we continue to reach out to serve. Committees continue to come together to discuss, and the congregation continues to do its work as well. We continue to ‘talk the talk,’ not to avoid ‘walking the walk.’ The dialogue is a way to act well towards one another, to build more than we see, and remove more than we know.
With our words, we build trust and hope that leads us to act, - out of our love or God and our love for neighbor. We also remove more than we know, softening out edges, removing despair and disappointment, resentment and misjudgment, and nurturing the community among us, as we are recommitted to our calling together.
We give thanks for all the ways we are connected through the life of the church, spinning a web of conversations that draw us ever closer to one another and to God.
These conversations do remain ongoing, but we find strength in working together.